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Indian state bans Gandhi book over bisexual and racist claims

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  1. Jock S. Trap 30 Mar 2011, 2:31pm

    Fact is all this fuss has done wonders for the book and its author, the rest is just laughable, I mean who cares if he was Bisexual and we know that is what this is mainly about.

    The racist claim isn’t good but I bet this book wouldn’t have been recieved in the same way had it only been that and not about sexual orientation.

    No freedom of speech there then!

    1. Absolutely

      I can’t believe that the author wouldn’t have hoped that making what are clearly provocative comments (to some) would not have inspired some media interest and thus increase sales.

      However, it matters not one iota if Gandhi was bisexual or not. Its not a great reflection that he was racist – but thats not exactly a new revelation. It must be views on the bisexuality claims (which the author carefully denies he made despite using language that could be interpreted as making such claims) that the Indian authorities have concern about. I, for one, do not see how claiming anyone (including a revered national leader from the past) is bisexual is demeaning to either the deceased leader or a nation.

      Absolutely no freedom of speech.

  2. Being bisexual makes him only more human. As for racism…sign of the time. Gandhi is and will be a legendary leader regardless. Catholic church was and still deeply sexist and racist but most of African origin still swear on Bible.

  3. What an extreme overreaction, they must really want him to be a heterosexual hero.
    Anyway too late, we all know he was a bisexual already.

  4. de Villiers 30 Mar 2011, 7:47pm

    It’s a sign of the immaturity of the politics and of the country that it seeks to ban biographical works of its leaders.

  5. Oh Lord, here we go again. When will these stupid, stupid people realise that banning a book achieves nothing?

  6. If people want to go around banning books how about banning those that advocate the murder of gay people and the enslavement of women? Two spring quite readily to mind.

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